Soccer rolls though MAC
As the season rolls on, the Bettendorf soccer teams continue to roll through their games as well. Currently the boys are 11-2 and inside the MAC they are 7-0. Over the past few weeks the boys have proved themselves to be a noteable team in the state and have started to put themselves on the map. With the girls, their current record is 10-1 and 5-1 inside the MAC.
With a hard fought 1-0 victory over Iowa City West, the previously second ranked team in the state, the Bettendorf boys surged into that weekend defeating Dowling Catholic and Ankeny. With those victories the boys have been ranked seventh in the state, with only a few weeks remaining before substate playoffs begin.
On the other hand, a tough loss was handed to the girls on Friday May 6th, as they were defeated by the PV Spartans in PK’s. A match that seemingly was neck and neck, with offense to defense and vice versa, the girls were at a draw 1-1 at the end of regulation and overtime. During PK’s the Bulldogs fell to the Spartans 3-0. The girls will rally to play Linn-Mar and Assumption coming in the next weeks.
The girls soccer team leading scorer is junior Alina Steffen with 16 goals, and behind her is junior Paige Wagner with 9 and sophomore Abbi Stolte with 8.
As it stands on the boys squad, the player with the most goals is senior Nathan Seaberg with 13 goals. Behind him is fellow senior Juan Pablo Jimenez with 7 and sophomore Dustin Harris with 5. Seaberg also leads the team in assists with 9.
Members of the team have said that the squad has come together to become a force to be reckoned with in the state. Sophomore starting centerback Brant Mueller has helped lead the back line to an impressive defensive year. And he believes that the team is on the road to victory.
“This team has amazing chemistry, where each and every player on the roster is close and any of them can step on the field and compete. The state has been sleeping on Bettendorf most of this season, and we are going to keep proving them wrong game after game,” Mueller said.
Senior Adam Wellman has pushed himself and his team to improve each day, and that hard work is paying off. The starting left wing has been vocal on his team about positivity and how to be close as a team.
“The team has grown close this year; after the Iowa City West win, we just had a spark, and we’ve been working hard to win every game whether it be a close win or blowout. The players are just all in sync, and we are only going to get better,” Wellman said.
Freshman Jaylen Cangas is one of the girls team’s starting center midfielders and has acclimated to the varsity setting.
“I think the best moment for our team so far has been the UT shootout win, which gave us some determination and positivity for the games ahead. And when looking forward to our biggest adversaries I’d have to say it would be ourselves. We need to keep on this path of upbeat work and hard fought games to keep our form before the playoffs,” Cangas said.
Overall, the 2016 Bulldog soccer program has proved to be one of the powerhouses of the Iowa soccer and will be ready to compete once substate comes around the corner.